Originally Posted by boat_alexandra
What is wrong with using whatever you have available?
I think it serves them right to lose the boat.
There is no reason why the boat can't be sailed without a rudder. Can steer using drogues as well as lash plywood
to the spinnaker
pole to make an emergency
This is the problem with 'armchair' commentating. The facts are rarely understood or even research
before saying things as harsh as this.
The rudder shaft snapped in half leaving the rudder it self violent belting around in the harsh conditions. By the time they decided to abandon the boat the wildly swinging rudder had cracked the bearing housing. It was then only a matter of time before the entire back section holding the rudder breaks away.
These are professional experienced and highly respected sailors, they don't leave the boat unless it was absolutely necessary.
This was reported on in the enews of the Crusing Helmsman magazine which comes out each week.